The unemployment rate is an important way the government measures the amount of people without work in each state as well as on a national level. The jobless rate is a strong indicator of a strengthening economy or whether a recession declaration is necessary. The unemployment rate within each state, whether high or low, is conditional of a variety of factors. For example, job growth and job fulfillment can be an indicator of a low unemployment rate, but so can unemployed individuals abandoning their search or leaving the market. It is important to understand the jobless rate and analyze the data that accompanies the statistic in order to accurately assess the economic standing. The way the unemployment rate is measured is by dividing the amount of unemployed workers actively seeking employment by the total number of workers in the labor force. That number becomes a percentage.